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Environmental Regulations, Land Use, Mining, Real Estate

Gov. Tim Walz has announced that restaurants and bars in Minnesota will be allowed to re-open for sit-down service effective June 1st.  Sort of.  The caveat is that sit-down service must be restricted to outdoor seating areas only, with criteria for maintaining social distancing amongst both guests and staff.  Previously, restaurants had been

Peter Coyle and Jacob Steen discuss the land use, government relations and regulatory environment during the COVID-19 pandemic. They share examples of how Larkin Hoffman has been able to assist clients in overcoming the unique challenges presented by a statewide stay-at-home order and discuss the ways that the global pandemic has shaped the local land

My colleagues, Todd Freeman and Dan Kadlec from our Corporate Group, have put together a podcast providing guidance on managing proceeds from the Paycheck Protection Program to maximize loan forgiveness.  Here’s a brief description of the program followed by the link to the podcast. The information here will be valuable to many in the real

I had been pondering a new post to my law firm’s blog, focused on a traditional real estate topic. Now, of course, we are way beyond “traditional” as governments, companies and the public at large struggle to respond in a coherent way to a relentless viral invasion. Members of our firm have been pursuing various

I recently wrote about the merits of using mediation as a tool to resolve business disputes relating to land and business acquisition, land development, public permitting and related conflicts.  Mediation is especially helpful, in my opinion, when money is less the object in dispute and it is more so about a difference of opinion.  Of

One of the most challenging aspects of an attorney’s job is to advise a client regarding possible litigation.  I think of myself as a pragmatic business lawyer whose primary job is to help my clients achieve their business objectives.  I much prefer to accomplish this through time spent on advocacy, negotiation and problem solving.  Litigation

The fact that Minnesota, and especially the metropolitan region of St. Paul/Minneapolis, is experiencing a severe affordable housing crisis is not disputed.  The Metropolitan Council recently released data documenting that the metro region of Minnesota is growing substantially but that the supply of new housing, affordable across a broad range of housing types, is lagging. 

One of the most consequential decisions of the recently concluded term of the U.S. Supreme Court involves the reversal of a 30-year precedent and reinstatement of a landowner’s right to seek redress in federal court for an alleged taking of property without just compensation.  The 5-4 majority decision in Knick v. Township of Scott, PA